NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Both UMass Dartmouth outdoor track & field teams continued to enjoy early season success with solid performances at the Coast Guard Invitational on Saturday afternoon, as the Corsair men placed third overall while the Corsair women’s squad finished eighth in the final standings.
On the men’s side, junior Jordan Entwistle (Northboro, Mass.) continued his spectacular early season in the javelin, as he shattered the facility record with a winning throw of 62.92 meters/206 feet, 5 inches to break the mark by nearly eight feet. Senior Joao Bapista (Malden, Mass.) posted a first place finish in the high jump (1.95 meters/6 feet, 4 ¾ inches) and a runner-up performance in the long jump (6.47 meters/21 feet, 2 ¾ inches) for UMass Dartmouth, which also received respective wins from senior Mike Tierney (Norton, Mass.) and freshman Kaiden Swainamer (Lakeville, Mass.) in the 400 meter hurdles (56.16, the 10 fastest time in school history) and shot put (14.60 meters/47 feet, 11 inches).
Senior Steve Tencati (Clinton, Mass.) finished second to Entwistle for the second straight week in the javelin with a mark of 57.67 meters/189 feet, 2 inches for the Corsairs, who also received a runner-up performance and the ninth best in school history in the shot put (14.02 meters/146 feet) from freshman Andrew Swallow (Framingham, Mass.). Junior George Papoulis (Haverhill, Mass.) placed third in the 1,500 meter (4:03.83) in the competition for UMass Dartmouth, which collected fourth place finishes from sophomore Mike Volkmann (Taunton, Mass.) in the javelin (48.55 meters/159 feet, 3 inches) and from Swallow in the discus (38.10 meters/125 feet).
Swainamer added a fifth place performance in the discus (36.37 meters/119 feet, 4 inches) and 10th place finish in the hammer throw (36.90 meters/121 feet, 1 inch) on the day, while Swallow and fellow freshman Jimmy Sferrazza (Lakeville, Mass.) added respective seventh place finishes in the hammer throw (39.65 meters/130 feet, 1 inch) and javelin (44.93 meters/147 feet, 5 inches) for the Corsairs. Sophomore DJ Machado (Swansea, Mass.) was eighth in the 200 meters (23.00) and 10th in the 100 meters (11.45) on the afternoon for UMass Dartmouth, which received an eighth place performance in the hammer throw (38.25 meters/125 feet, 6 inches) from freshman Paul Sousa (Swansea, Mass.) along with ninth place finishes from sophomore Tim Chase (Amesbury, Mass.) and freshmen Edward Lundy (Lawrence, Mass.) & Samir Perez (Lawrence, Mass.) in the 400 meter hurdles (1:04.75), 100 meters (11.44) and shot put (11.42 meters/37 feet, 5 ¾ inches), respectively.
The 4 x 100 meter relay team comprised of Lundy, Machado and juniors Kyle Whalen (Stonington, Conn.) & Delpiero Beaumont (Dorchester, Mass.) finished fourth with a time of 44.30 in the event, while the 4 x 400 meter “A” relay tandem of Tierney, Papoulis, junior Travis Dolcine (Somerville, Mass.) and freshman Evan Vasconcellos (Westport, Mass.) placed second with a time of 3:30.12. The Corsairs finished tied for third with Eastern Connecticut in amassing 105 points each, as host Coast Guard took top honors in the event with 187 points to outdistance runner-up Westfield State (115).
Junior MacKenzie Garvey (Plymouth, Mass.) placed fourth in the shot put on the women’s side for UMass Dartmouth with a mark of 11.55 meters/37 feet, 10 ¾ inches, as she added a seventh place finish in the hammer throw (35.43 meters/116 feet, 3 inches) that stands as the ninth best mark in school history. Freshman Mallory Singer (Succasunna, N.J.) also placed fourth in the javelin (32.07 meters/105 feet, 2 inches) in the competition, while junior Danielle Devine (Bernardston, Mass.) was fourth in the high jump (1.50 meters/4 feet, 11 inches), eighth in the long jump (4.67 meters/15 feet, 4 inches) and 10th in both the 100 meters (13.67) and 100 meter hurdles (18.14) for the Corsairs.
Sophomore Emilea Lauzon (Lakeville, Mass.) finished eighth in the 100 meters (13.36) for UMass Dartmouth, which received a ninth place performance from senior Kali Martel (Fall River, Mass.) in the javelin (21.56 meters/70 feet, 9 inches) and a 10th place finish in the 1,500 meters (5:01.39) from sophomore Taylor Walsh (Groveland, Mass.). Additionally, the 4 x 400 meter relay quartet of Lauzon, Walsh, junior Caitlyn Demers (Dartmouth, Mass.) and freshman Jackie Broderick (Wilmington, Mass.) placed sixth in the event with a time of 4:23.84.
Connecticut College captured the team crown with a score of 149 points, as the Camels topped runner-up Trinity (147) and third place Coast Guard (137 points) in the final standings.
Both UMass Dartmouth teams will be in action at the Connecticut College Silfen & Westfield State Jerry Gravel Invitationals next weekend.